While you might be used to seeing the term “organic” at the grocery store, organic mattresses are quickly rising in popularity, particularly among the eco-conscious set. But what makes a mattress organic?
“Conventional mattresses made with polyurethane foam contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and flame retardants,” says Tim Masters, Founder of My Green Mattress and Master Mattress Craftsman. “These toxins can cause headaches, prevent us from having a deep, restful sleep, and exasperate other allergies and chemical sensitivities.”
To help you find the right mattress for your needs, we spent hours researching and testing some of the top eco-conscious options on the market. Our top pick, the Avocado Green Mattress, is made with organic and sustainable latex and offers hotel-like comfort.
Ahead, our pick of organic mattresses for a guilt-free night’s sleep.
Avocado Green Mattress
Cool and breathable
Comes with two handles
25-year limited warranty
Paid white glove shipping
Scoring high on the sustainability scorecard, Avocado’s Green Mattress is one of our top picks for organic mattresses. This hybrid mattress offers the right combination of softness and support, thanks to the latex cushioning and pocketed coils. Five zones of support adjust to your curves and contours throughout the night, keeping you from sinking in the center.
In terms of certifications, the Avocado Green Mattress meets the gold standard. It’s constructed from organic materials with certifications, including layers of GOLS, eco-INSTITUT, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, FSC, and Rainforest Alliance-certified Dunlop latex, and organic wool, which acts as a natural fire retardant. The GOTS-certified organic cotton cover is moisture-wicking, letting you sleep cool.
The hand-done needle tufting nixes the need to use any toxic adhesives in the mattress. Offering great edge support, the heavy-duty handles let you lug it around with relative ease. You can pick the standard medium-firm version or go for the pricier pillow top version. You can also opt for paid white glove delivery to ensure this Made Safe-certified mattress is plopped right into your bedroom.
Price at time of publish: $1,999 for a Queen
Sizes: Twin-Cal King | Material: Organic wool, organic cotton, organic latex, steel coils | Thickness: 11-or 13-inches | Warranty: 25-year limited warranty
Eco Terra Hybrid Latex Mattress
Sleep cool and dry
Good for stomach and back sleepers
Only firm and medium firm options
If you’re looking for an affordable organic mattress that doesn’t compromise on the quality of the materials used, snap up Eco Terra’s hybrid latex mattress. Handcrafted in California, the mattress is constructed using OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified natural Arpico latex, supported by a core of sturdy, individually-encased upcycled steel coils, and a cover made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and GOTS-certified organic wool.
The combination of buoyant single-origin latex, pressure-easing coils, and the right value makes it appealing. The moisture-wicking natural materials help you snooze cool, while the heat-treated coils help nix achy joints. It’s a good choice, especially for back or stomach sleepers, as the mattress is only available in medium and medium-firm levels of firmness.
Price at time of publish: $1,399 for a Queen
Sizes: Twin-Cal King | Material: Natural Arpico latex, organic cotton, organic wool, upcycled steel coils | Thickness: 11-inches | Warranty: 15-year limited warranty
Birch Luxe Natural Mattress
Breathable and cooling
Good edge support
25-year limited warranty
Single medium-firm feel
If you want to splurge on a sustainable snooze, check out Birch Living’s Luxe Natural Mattress. It's an opulent upgrade to the brand’s natural mattress, made with cashmere, additional organic comfort layers, a quilted mattress top, and more. The mattress is handcrafted and assembled in the US using guilt-free materials, such as Fair Trade and GOTS-certified organic cotton, GOTS-certified organic cashmere, Wool Integrity New Zealand organic wool, and GREENGUARD Gold and eco-INSTITUT certified natural latex harvested from FSC and Rainforest Alliance-certified forests.
The natural materials (cashmere, cotton, and wool) regulate temperature and wick away moisture, letting you sleep cool. Plus, the luxe mattress offers zoned lumbar support to ease achy joints and gives complete edge reinforcement so you can sleep securely and jump on and off with ease. If side sleepers find it a bit firm, you can add on Birch’s plush mattress topper. We love the small, elegant details on this option, such as the quilted organic cotton cover encasing the mattress, which has a beautifully textured matelassé woven finish. It’s a GOTS organic and GREENGUARD-Gold certified mattress fit for a king.
Price at time of publish: $2,899 for a Queen
Sizes: Twin-Cal King | Material: Organic wool, organic cotton, organic cashmere, natural latex, steel coils | Thickness: 11.5-inches | Warranty: 25-year limited warranty
My Green Mattress Natural Escape
If you're after a firmer feel, look no further than My Green Mattress’ Natural Escape. It’s made from layers of organic material and pocketed coil innerspring, keeping your spine aligned and giving relief from achy joints. Available in a single medium-firm option, it’s designed to lull all types of sleepers to snooze, though side sleepers might find it a tad dense.
The secret sauce to the mattress’s strong foundation lies in its responsive pocketed coil spring system supporting your lumbar, layered with three inches of GOLS-certified organic Dunlop latex, lending comfort. With a quilted fire-retardant layer for comfort made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and GOTS-certified organic wool, the button-tufted mattress is held together without any toxic adhesives. Upholstered on one side, the mattress also comes with handles so you can rotate it (as recommended).
Price at time of publish: $1,799 for a Queen
Sizes: Twin-Cal King l Material: organic wool, organic cotton, organic Dunlop latex, steel coils I Thickness: 11-inches Warranty: 20-year limited warranty
Spindle Natural Latex Mattress
Can adjust firmness level
Good for side sleepers
Ease of movement
Could have improved edge stability
Assembly takes time and effort
The 4th-generation mattress makers behind Spindle have resolved the dilemma of committing to a single firmness level in a mattress with their layered Natural Latex Mattress. They ship three layers of organic Dunlop Sri Lankan latex in soft, medium, and firm for you to DIY your perfect mattress. With some heavy lifting, you can mix and match the layers to get the perfect firmness to sprawl out on. Spindle encourages you to try out every combination for at least 60 days before you flip the order again.
This mattress uses OEKO-TEX and GOLS-certified organic latex for the inner layers, OEKO-TEX and GOTS-certified organic wool in the batting, and GOTS-certified organic cotton for the circular knit covering. The result is an all-natural mattress with a healthy bounce, letting you move about easily. It’s a great option for side sleepers who toss about at night, supporting their hip and spine. If the mattress feels worn out, you can order another layer to replace the existing one at a 30 percent discount under their 25-Year Comfort Life program.
Price at time of publish: $2,625 for a Queen
Sizes: Twin-King | Material: Organic latex, organic cotton, and organic wool | Thickness: 10-inches | Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
Saatva Classic Mattress
Handmade to order
Plush soft, luxury firm, and firm options
Free white glove in-room delivery and setup
Sensitive sleepers may feel bounce and motion transfer
Fee for returns
If you’re looking for a sumptuous non-latex mattress that’s responsibly made with non-toxic materials, consider Saatva's Classic Mattress. Perfect for those sensitive to latex, Saatva features high-density CertiPUR-US certified memory foam with zoned support, keeping your spine aligned. This luxe hybrid model’s 3-inch euro pillow top comes in three firmness options: plush soft, luxury firm, and firm. Our tester, who opted for the plush soft, pillow-top option, found that it took a few weeks to get used to. "[At first], it felt a lot firmer than I expected, and I didn’t really sink into it," she said. "As the mattress was able to settle in a little, it started to contour around my body, and there were a couple of nights that I got into bed and audibly said, 'Wow, this is comfortable.'"
Offering strong edge-to-edge support, this mattress has a foam encasement allowing you to jump on and off the mattress easily without any sagging. We also love that Saatva offers complimentary white-glove delivery, setting up the mattress for you, and even taking your old one away, should you opt for it. With a 365-night sleep trial, you can snooze in comfort, stress-free.
Price at time of publish: $1,995 for a Queen
Sizes: Twin-Split Cal King | Material: Organic cotton, CertiPUR certified foam, steel coils, natural thistle pulp | Thickness: 11.5 or 14.5-inches | Warranty: Lifetime
Awara Premier Natural Hybrid Mattress
Sleep cool and dry
Ease of movement
Limited forever warranty
Sensitive sleepers may feel bounce and motion transfer
Single medium-firm option
Your hunt for a responsibly made hybrid mattress stops at Awara’s Premier Natural Hybrid Mattress, which features body contouring natural latex and supporting individually-wrapped coils. The plush euro top is encased in organic cotton and organic New Zealand wool. Wrapping around your curves is 4 inches of Rainforest Alliance-certified natural Dunlop latex from Sri Lanka. The traditional innerspring support comprises individually wrapped 8-inch coils, providing both support and bounce.
Keeping you cool, dry, and comfortable, the mattress works for all sleep styles, with users describing it as soft with enough firmness. However, if you’re a fan of a cloud-like squishy feel, look elsewhere, since it comes in a single option of medium-firm.
Awara is committed to sustainability and meets the certification standards of OEKO-TEX Standard 100, GREENGUARD Gold, Wools of New Zealand, and FSC. As a part of its green pledge, for every order, it plants trees in association with the non-profit Trees for the Future. If you’re undecided, Awara offers a generous 365-day sleep trial and will coordinate pickup and local disposal or donation in the rare case that the mattress isn't a fit.
Price at time of publish: $2,298 for a Queen
Sizes: Twin-Cal King | Material: Organic wool, natural Dunlop latex, organic cotton, steel coils | Thickness: 12-inches | Warranty: Limited forever warranty
Best for Cribs
Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress
Lifetime limited warranty
Non-GMO sugarcane wipe clean waterproof surface
Can sink over time
Environmental engineer Barry A Cik’s unsuccessful efforts to find a suitable organic crib mattress for his grandchild led him to found Naturepedic, offering parents a better sleep time alternative for their tiny tots. Since then, the company has become a provider of high-quality, organic mattresses and bedding for the entire caboodle.
Naturepedic’s classic organic crib mattress is lightweight with reinforced edges and a strong base and creates a great sleep option for your toddler. Fitting standard-size cribs, you can change the sheets struggle-free. It has an easy-to-clean, fully waterproof surface made from non-GMO sugarcane, plus a fabric cover and GOTS-certified organic cotton filling. And if you need extra support, you can also opt for an innerspring version or one with a patented lightweight core.
When it comes to organic credentials, this mattress ticks the right boxes: It passes the federal and state flammability standards (without resorting to fire retardant chemicals) and is Made Safe and GREENGUARD Gold-certified. If that isn’t enough, Naturepedic also contributes 1 percent of their gross annual sales to the environmental nonprofit 1 Percent For The Planet.
Price at time of publish: Starts at $399
Sizes: Standard size crib and toddlers’ beds | Material: Organic cotton, non-GMO sugarcane | Thickness: 6-inches | Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
Best Mattress Topper
Brentwood Home Organic Latex Mattress Toppers
Comfortable and supportive
Ventilation holes support airflow
Not easy to clean
Give your mattress a nifty upgrade with Brentwood Home’s organic topper, which will effectively protect it without sacrificing breathability or comfort. The topper is made from FSC, Rainforest Alliance, and GOLS-certified organic latex sourced from rubber forests in Guatemala and India. It comes bundled in a breathable, GOTS-certified organic cotton jersey cover.
You can pick either the 2- or the 3-inch topper to elevate your sleep experience and improve the feel of a sinking, saggy mattress. The topper eases sore pressure points and reduces motion transfer caused by a fidgety partner. The latex is also flecked with pin holes during manufacturing, adding to the airflow and breathability, so you don’t wake up sweaty.
To ensure rigorous safety in your home and its organic status, Brentwood Home’s topper is GOTS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, eco-INSTITUT and GREENGUARD Gold certified. The company is Climate Neutral certified, meaning they strive to reduce their emissions (while offsetting the rest).
Price at time of publish: $229 for a 2-inch Queen topper
Sizes: Twin-Cal King | Material: Organic cotton, organic Dunlop latex | Thickness: 2- or 3-inches | Warranty: 5 year limited warranty
Our top pick of organic mattresses is the Avocado Green Mattress, which offers the right combination of softness from the latex cushioning and support from the coils. We also love that it's constructed from organic materials with the gold standard of certifications. If you're on a budget, check out the well-priced Eco Terra Hybrid Latex Mattress, made with buoyant single-origin latex and pressure-easing coils.
What to Look for in an Organic Mattress
Masters recommends looking for mattresses made from eco-friendly materials like wool, cotton, and latex, which are breathable and naturally cooling. A mattress has several layers, including comfort layers, transitional layers, and supportive layers. Our shortlist of mattresses features natural and organic materials like rubber latex, wool, and organic cotton, along with steel coils.
This is critical, as the right firmness plays a large role in how you sleep at night. “If your mattress is not supportive or firm enough—you will be at risk for backaches and poor sleep,” says Masters. Most mattress companies follow a 10-point scale, with 1 meaning extra soft, while a 9 or 10 translates to an extra-hard mattress with practically no sinkage. However, each mattress company typically defines firmness as per its own set criteria.
Most mattresses today are between 10-15 inches thick—but according to Masters, if a mattress is too thin or too thick, it can cause a poor night’s sleep. “The mattress size is based on the sleeper's preference and bedroom dimensions," he says. "Any mattress that is eight inches thick or thicker will support and contour to an adult body.” While back and stomach sleepers can consider an 8 to 12-inch thick mattress, side sleepers should look for thicknesses of 12 to 20 inches.
When shopping for an organic mattress, you'll want to look for reliable third-party certifications to ensure that the mattress you're buying actually follows through on the company's claims. “Choosing a certified organic certified mattress that is made without polyurethane foams, VOCs, and other toxins means you are choosing a mattress that is both healthy for you and better for the environment,” says Masters.
Jillian Pritchard Cooke, Founder and CEO of Wellness Within Your Walls, recommends considering the following third-party certifications:
- GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
- GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard
- USDA Organic (US Department of Agriculture Organic)
- CertiPUR-US (meeting standards for content, emissions, and durability in foam)
- OEKO-TEX Standard 100 (tested and proven free of harmful levels of toxic substances)
- GREENGUARD Gold (certified for low VOC emissions)
- FSC (wood harvested from responsibly managed forests)
- Cradle-to-Cradle (safe, circular, and responsibly made)
- Rainforest Alliance (supports social, economic, and environmental concerns)
As with any large purchase, when you're buying an organic mattress, you'll want to make sure that it has a sufficiently long warranty that will protect you if anything goes wrong with the mattress. “It is important to look for a mattress company with a warranty that covers it for up to 20 years," says Masters. "A mattress that is built to last is more sustainable, meaning that fewer mattresses will wind up in a landfill over time."
What are the benefits of an organic mattress?
“Organic mattresses are generally healthier, contain less toxins, such as VOCs and flame retardants, as verified by third-party certifications,” says Pritchard Cooke. Organic mattresses are considered better for the environment too. She adds, “They’re generally more durable as they are made with higher quality materials. Most exceed the average longevity of a regular mattress, which is eight years.”
Are organic mattresses worth the money?
While it may cost more than a mass-produced mattress, our experts argue that a certified organic mattress is an investment in your health (one that "should be comparable to a decent conventional mattress from one of the big-name brands,” says Masters). Organic mattresses typically include natural materials such as costly natural latex, cotton, and wool, usually supported by expensive third-party certifications, all of which add to the mattress price.
How long do organic mattresses last?
This depends largely on the materials used. Natural latex mattresses are considered more durable and resilient, with an average lifespan of 15 years. Wool is fire-resistant and a natural insulator and can last for years. Breathable organic cotton is considered durable, too. To extend the lifespan of your mattress, you can use a protector or topper. You’ll know it’s time to replace your mattress when it sags in the center or is visibly worn and torn.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Neeti Mehra is a luxury-industry veteran who’s also committed to sustainable, slow, and mindful living. She sleeps on a firm, supportive mattress covered by a soft mattress protector and believes it is one of the best investments for her room. For this piece, she spent hours scouring through reviews, comparing key features, and considering the most relevant and common certifications to shortlist the best organic mattresses across categories.
To narrow down the key points one needs to consider when shopping for an organic mattress, Neeti spoke with Tim Masters, Founder of My Green Mattress and Master Mattress Craftsman, and Donna Halloran, Consultant with The Organic Mattress and Founder of Pure Upholstery. She also interviewed Jillian Pritchard Cooke, Founder and CEO of Wellness Within Your Walls, a company that offers solutions to healthier interior environments. Finally, she spoke with Michael Breus, a PhD Sleep Specialist and founder of The Sleep Doctor, which covers sleep health and science.